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Simon Kalil Borst: Promise Returned

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Simon Kalil Borst (BFA 2011) writes and illustrates the first of two comics on the impact of the Kalamazoo Promise, the scholarship that sent him and many other Kalamazoo Public Schools graduates to college.

Graduating in 2007, Simon Borst was part of the second class to receive the Kalamazoo Promise, a scholarship that covered up to 100 percent tuition at any Michigan public university or college for those who attended Kalamazoo Public Schools. Now Borst is among those who have returned to Kalamazoo. The artist tells their story in a graphic news form. This is the first of a two-part series.

Kalamazoo Promise Returned: In pictures and words — Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave